Sampling Strategy for the Rapid Screening of Mine-Waste Dumps on Abandoned Mine Lands
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Jan 1, 2000
We developed a statistically based strategy for sampling the surficial material of mine-waste dumps for use in screening and prioritizing historic dumps on abandoned mine lands. This sampling strategy entails the collection of a representative composite sample from individual dumps and allows for regional or watershed-based assessments. One 30-inment dump-composite sample collected using this sampling strategy contains as much information, relative to average value, as 30 individual grab samples at 1/30 of the analytical cost.